Drivers & Updates

Drivers & Updates is a category that encompasses two kinds of software. We are talking here about drivers and the tools that allow you to automatically update them, thus saving you a huge amount of time, which you can spend for something more interesting. We are also talking about programs that scan your hard drive for the installed software and let you know if there is a more recent version ready to be downloaded.

What are drivers? Those little guys are programs that make sure that your hardware works and communicates flawlessly with your operating system. Thus every PC component requires a driver to run, be it your printer, graphics card, sound card, network adapter, DVD drive or even motherboard.

But it is not enough to install all the drivers for this hardware. To make sure your gear works best and has all the newest features enabled that allow it to run the newest software, you have to make sure that you update your drivers periodically.

And this can prove soon to be a very daunting task. There are many components that require drivers and you have no way of knowing when a new driver comes out other than visiting the manufacturer websites unless…

…unless you install software that does the checking for this information, downloading and installing the drivers for you. Such programs are called driver updaters and are indispensable. Some are free and some require a purchase in order to unlock some features such as total automatization of the process.

Without this last feature, a driver updater will tell you about outdated drivers but you will have to react to this information, which takes time. Much better to spare a buck and buy a full version.

It is also good to have a backup of old drives in case an update to a new one causes problems.

What has been said above can be also said about software. You usually want to make sure you have the latest versions available so you have the newest features and old bugs or holes removed.

WSUS Offline Update 12.0

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WSUS Offline Update helps to provide all the necessary details related to updates and makes sure that you can install them easily. It’s a straightforward application and saves you a lot of time. ...

UpdateStar 12.0.1921

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UpdateStar is a freeware application that provides information regarding which apps need to be updated. If you have a tool that hasn’t been updated for a long time, then this application will scan it ...

UpdateStar Drivers 11

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UpdateStar Drivers is a tool created by UpdateStar, which helps to update the drivers quickly. As the name indicates, it’s a software that is specially designed for updating the drivers. Not only ...

Ashampoo Driver Updater

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Ashampoo Driver Updater is a tool developed by Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG. This tool is to update the drivers that are outdated or haven’t been updated for a long time. Not just this tool helps to ...

DUMo 2.22.2.105

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DUMo from KC Softwares is a tool that keeps you updated with the latest hard drivers. As the name specifies, this software is specially made for detecting updates related to hard drivers. It provides ...

SUMo 5.11.0.461

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SuMo from KC Softwares (the authors of Startup Sentinel) is a tool that keeps your PC up-to-date by suggesting the new versions of your installed applications. The primary purpose of this tool is to ...

IObit Software Updater 3.2.0

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IObit Software Updater helps you with updating your programs and software. Usually, some applications work best when updated to the latest version. Or you can enjoy advance features of applications ...

Driver Talent 7.1.30.6

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Whether you’re running new hardware or you have a lot of legacy stuff to keep going, you know what a pain it can be to maintain your drivers. If you need help maintaining the latest versions and ...

SlimDrivers Free 2.3.2

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Drivers are essential for running every computer. They perform different functions that improve the efficiency of the machine. However, updating and maintenance of these computer drivers is a crucial ...